(BaseballStL) -- The third time was the charm for Marco Gonzales, the Cardinals 1st round pick in 2013 who was summoned to the big leagues much earlier than scheduled due to injury. The Gonzaga alumnus surrendered five runs in each of his first two starts but only gave up one Sunday afternoon against the Marlins.
There was just one problem though. Gonzales managed to go just over four innings and needed more than 100 pitches to do so.
Efficiency was not exactly his friend, walking five Marlins at Busch Stadium.
“Bottom line, it wasn’t as efficient as he wanted to be but he kept us there and he made good pitches when he had to,” Mike Matheny said.
Gonzales refused to say after the game that this was indeed his best outing of his brief Major League career. He pointed to the walks and the lack of strikes thrown as a way for him to improve.
But he did admit pitching in front of the hometown fans for the first time was quite a thrill.
“It was great. I’ve been here (in St. Louis) for a few days now and I just love the environment. It’s a blast to play here,” Gonzales said. “I’m just trying to throw more strikes. Walks are something I can control and get better at.”
He figures to get one more start before the All Star break hits. Joe Kelly is expected to return shortly thereafter, which could ultimately mean Gonzales will head to AAA.